This is my favorite look from the spring 2012 Bottega Veneta show! I chose to use pants I already had but didn’t wear very often, which were khaki chinos from Gap. The colors would have turned out brighter if I started with white pants, which you can choose to do.
Colors used: Rit's Scarlet, Fuchsia, and Purple
Prepare the dye according to directions on the box (I did one color at a time). Get the pants wet with hot water and ring them out. Lay them on the drop cloth and begin painting on the pink dye haphazardly down the middle of the pant legs. Wait about 5-10 minutes, and pick up pants, letting the excess dye drip off. Flip them over and lay on drop cloth to do the other side. Wait 10 minutes and pick up the pants and ring them out.
After ringing out the pink dye (but not rinsing the pants), lay them back down and paint on the red dye on the outer edges of the pants. When painting on the dye, I made sure to get it as wet as possible and kept layering it to get the color nice and dark, making some areas darker than others.
After you’re finished with the red dye, do the same thing with the purple on the inseam of the legs. To get the splochy effect that you see on the runway pair, I made indents in the fabric so the dye would pool in certain areas, thus making it darker in those parts.
The great thing about this kind of dying technique is that the messier it is, the cooler they will look!
After you let the purple set for 10 minutes, ring out the excess dye. I rolled my pants in an old towel to get more water out for about 5 minutes and then hung them to dry. When they were mostly dry, I stuck them in the dryer to help set in the color. Now they’re finished and ready to wear!
Front and back.
The finished look!